Friday, December 18, 2009

New Copenhagen Draft Proposals Subsidize Forest Destruction and Land Grabs

Press release by Global Forest Coalition, Biofuelwatch, Grupo de Reflexion Rural, Gaia Foundation, Focus on the Global South, Noah (Friends of the Earth Denmark), Robin Wood, Campaign against Climate Change, Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group, Ecologistas en Accion, Corporate European Observatory, Econexus, ETC Group, Rettet den Regenwald.

For immediate release

Copenhagen, 17th December - The new draft proposals released yesterday at the Copenhagen Climate Conference will lead to large-scale destruction of ecosystems and unprecedented land grabs as spurious `offsets' will allow Northern countries to burn ever more fossil fuels say civil society groups who have been tracking negotiations.

Proposals (1) are expected to lead to huge carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for tree and crop monocultures, including for biochar production (2), `no-till' GM soya (3), and tree and shrub monocultures falsely classed as `carbon sinks'. Details are to be worked out by a technical UNFCCC meeting next year (4).

Stella Semino from Grupo de Reflexion Rural (Argentina) states: "If these new proposals are agreed upon we will see a massive boost for crop and tree plantations alike which, in the name of `climate change mitigation', will speed up the destruction of forests and other vital ecosystems, the spread of industrial agriculture, and land-grabbing against small-farmers, indigenous peoples and forest communities. Industrial monocultures are already a major cause of climate change and their expansion will make it worse."

Under the terms of the Kyoto Protocol, no CDM offsets are allowed for existing forests nor soil carbon although a very limited number of CDM credits can go towards industrial tree plantations. Current proposals for large-scale offsetting for `carbon sinks' closely resemble those contained in the US climate bill. Back in 2001, when the US proposed such offsets, the EU had refused them, warning that this would render a climate change agreement completely ineffective.

"The right kind of agriculture, such as organic and biodiversity-based farming, has the potential to store carbon in soils and increase resilience to climate change" said Anne Maina of the African Biodiversity Network, "But realistically, small-scale organic farmers in Africa are not going to be the ones participating and benefiting from the CDM or these complex UNFCCC market mechanisms. They will be locked out of the process, and their livelihoods will be threatened. If heads of state accept this language, it will lead to a destruction of the very same solutions we need to support."

Camila Moreno from Global Forest Coalition adds: "In Brazil we're seeing an obscene agribusiness lobby presenting themselves as the solution while they destroy Brazil 's unique rainforest and savannah habitats and contribute massively to climate change. Yet they continue too ply their trade in the highest political circles with impunity. Theses new CDM rules will further mandate this ransacking of the global South."


Deepak Rughani, Biofuelwatch

Teresa Anderson, Gaia Foundation


(1) The proposals can be found at I WOULD INCLUDE PRECISE PARAGRAPHS HERE

(2) Biochar is fine-grained charcoal applied to soils. It is being promoted widely as a means of sequestering carbon even though there are major scientific uncertainties over the amount of carbon in charcoal which will remain in soils for different periods, over possible losses of existing soil carbon as a result of charcoal additions and over the potential of charcoal dust to worsen global warming in the same way as a black soot from fossil fuel and biomass burning does.

(3) Monsanto has promoted the inclusion of no-till agriculture into the CDM since the late 1990s and they have just been awarded the Angry Mermaid Award for their lobbying ( Industrial no-till agriculture involves large-scale agro-chemical spraying to destroy weeds rather than ploughing the soil and herbicide-resistant GM crops are most commonly used with no-till, particularly in North and South America . The impacts on soil carbon are scientifically debated and uncertain, there is evidence that this method can lead to more emissions of the very powerful greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, and the introduction of no-till GM soya in Argentina has been shown to have accelerated the destruction of the Chaco forest.

(4) It is proposed that the 2010 SBSTA meeting of UNFCCC will recommend new CDM methodologies for example for tree plantations, `forest management', a term widely used for industrial logging, and soil carbon management.

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Pós-Graduação em Planejamento e Gestão Ambiental
Universidade Católica de Brasília
SGAN 916 Campus 2 Sala A 222
Brasília, DF

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Story of Cap & Trade, 9-minute animated film on carbon trading

Hello friends,

These people from Berkeley are just brilliant and can express the obvious in a very clear way! I know them and once helped them with some translations into Portuguese. Where are we thinking we are going with the cap and trade story? Who will in fact benefit from this carbon trade?
Check it out!


A new film has been released today. This is by Anne Leonard, who is associated with another popular film - Story of Stuff (on issue of Waste).

The film can be viewed at: 

(Her other film can also be viewed at this site)



New Film
by Story of Stuff Creator Offers Provocative, Humorous Look at CAP & TRADE on Eve of Copenhagen Summit

The Story of Cap & Trade:

Why you can't solve a problem with the thinking that created it

The Story of Stuff Project and Climate Justice Now!—an international network of climate justice advocates—will release The Story of Cap & Trade, a 9-minute animated film on carbon trading, on December 1st worldwide at

Hosted by Annie Leonard, the creator of the viral video hit The Story of Stuff, (viewed worldwide over 8 million times), the Story of Cap & Trade is the first in a series of six short films the Story of Stuff Project is releasing over the coming year with Free Range Studios ( and more than a dozen of the world's leading sustainability organizations.

The Story of Cap & Trade
takes a provocative but humorous look at cap and trade, the leading climate solution under consideration in Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Employing the same urgent honesty that made The Story of Stuff so successful—and flash animation that makes it clear who wins and who loses—The Story of Cap & Trade points to the 'devils in the details' in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake carbon offsets and, most importantly, distraction from the significant tasks at hand in tackling the climate crisis.

"The Story of Cap & Trade helps viewers understand what's on offer from world leaders and argues that we can and must do better,"
said Annie Leonard, Director of the Story of Stuff Project. "We're releasing the film now, in the run-up to Copenhagen, to ensure that Americans and others clearly understand the solutions on the table and to inspire them to push our leaders for real solu-tions to climate change."

The film introduces the people at the heart of cap and trade, including the guys from Enron who designed energy trading, and the Wall Street financiers like Goldman Sachs. Its animated characters walk viewers through both the theory of emissions trading and how it works in the real world, remind-ing viewers that when this $3 trillion bubble bursts, it could take down everything.
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"Current cap and trade proposals hand the future of our planet to the very people who created the problem in the first place. We need effective and just solutions to climate change, not gimmicks and giveaways to polluters," said Daphne Wysham, Co-Director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network.

The Story of Cap & Trade also points to more effective ways to tackle the climate crisis. The film's web-site will serve as an interactive launch pad for information with actions people can take to address the climate change crisis. The site features dozens of organizations working toward real climate solutions, offers viewers a series of ways to get involved and includes downloadable resources and information, including a footnoted script.

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Prof. Renata Marson Teixeira de Andrade, PhD
Universidade Católica de Brasília
SGAN 916 Campus 2 Sala A 222
Brasília, DF

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fwd: PARA DIVULGAÇÃO - Convite para "X Seminário Nacional de Petróleo e Gás Natural no Brasil"






Com satisfação convidamos Vossa Senhoria a participar do

"X Seminário Nacional de Petróleo e Gás Natural no Brasil -

Desafios e Oportunidades", a acontecer no dia 03 de dezembro de 2009 (5ª feira), das 9 às 14 horas no Senado Federal, em Brasília.


Adesão Gratuita!  Confirme sua presença.


Estaremos disponibilizando acompanhamento, ao vivo, pela internet

(vídeo streaming), através da página do Interlegis ou Senado Federal.  Além de vídeo-conferência, em tempo real, para as Assembléias Legislativas.



Tel.: (61) 3274-3191

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Prof. Renata Marson Teixeira de Andrade, PhD
Universidade Católica de Brasília
SGAN 916 Campus 2 Sala A 222
Brasília, DF